Because it's Hate that makes the world go round: Sakura Haruno from Naruto

Chapter 319 is pretty old, but I just read it again in volume 35 of the tankoubans. The following 4 pages from this chapter reminded me of why I hate Sakura so much.

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If you couldn’t be bothered to click on those thumbnails, Sakura is sitting in her room, having a cry over Sasuke while Naruto is training hard. This scene encompasses everything I hate about Sakura’s character.

1) She does jack shit.
2) She cries. A lot. While doing jack shit.
3) JACK SHIT AND CRYING ARE ALL SHE DOES.

Does she serve a purpose to the plot except for making it even more emo? No. For both Naruto and Sasuke, she’s less important to them than each other (remember Naruto spent two and half years training while thinking of Sasuke. If that’s not gay I don’t know what is). She doesn’t fight – in fact, she can’t. She didn’t beat Sasori, she acted as a puppet while the Sand Grandma did all the real work. Even in the beginning, in the Water Country , the Chuunin exam, and the ‘we’re a team but let’s split up and have five one on one fights aren’t I clever’ arcs she never did a single noteworthy thing.

Her personality isn’t even likeable. She says she’ll work hard, and according to Tsunade she did. But what results do we see form her hard work? Oh yay you healed a sub character! AWESOME. Let’s not mention her double-personality crap. It doesn’t make her interesting, it just makes her a bitch. And what happened to her supposed talent for genjutsu? Oh wait, that’s right. Nobody likes her, so why bother spending time actually developing her character and making her useful?

(I’m giving you a hint on what to do Kishimoto. If you somehow happen to stumble across this blog, I want to tell you that I love you for writing and drawing Naruto, but I hate you for creating Sakura. Either dump her or make her interesting. Actually, just dump her, you’ll probably fail at making her interesting anyway.)

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Naruto disapproves. Actually, what is this guy trying to do?

I don’t know how Kishimoto failed to make the lead female character of Naruto likeable, when the Naruto world is filled with interesting and complex characters. Even the Akatsuki and the Sand Grandma, who only showed up for a short time, are better characters than Sakura, not to mention the numerous Leaf ninjas.

As far as I can tell, she’s only there to make Naruto and Sasuke not blatantly gay. Of course, that doesn’t stop the yaoi fangirls from making millions of NaruSasu slash doujins/pics/fics, which proves that she fails at her only purpose.

It’s about time Kishimoto killed off more characters, and I nominate Sakura for starting the blood rite.

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117 Comments

  1. ilovesakuraaaa!!!!!!
    Posted August 17, 2007 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    me to like all other sakura lovers.
    she issent like what you are saying.
    i think your all alone now weardo…
    oh and you really do look like a nurd

  2. Posted August 19, 2007 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    hiiii hillo nice website good .. naruto 10 (~____^)V

  3. Onymous
    Posted August 20, 2007 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    The most useful thing she has ever done was gotten stabbed. If that doesn’t say it all, well then you’re not listening.

  4. Harrison Fung
    Posted August 20, 2007 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Alright, firstly I probably shouldn’t be typing this at all….. LOL I’m at work. But anyways. I’ve enjoyed Naruto very much ever since a friend of mine showed it to me when I was in high school. I don’t think that Naruto is an extremely “emo” manga, but more that it is just a manga about a couple of “ninjas” that are in a world of their own, probably not having much to do with their time, so they decide that they want to fight for each others beliefs and help each other. That is all that the manga seems to be simply about. I find it laughable and quite hilarious that people can get so involved with each character to the point that they would hate individuals within the manga. Sakura chan is not hopeless or weak, she doesn’t cry all of the time, she actually provides support to Naruto who, himself is barely able to stand at all on his own without feeling loads and loads of regret at not being able to be stronger and help the individuals around him. Anyways thats all I wanted to say.

  5. drake
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    You’re wrong on a couple points.

    1. Naruto trained with Jaraiya to complete the promise he made to SAKURA.

    2. She matured over the 2.5 years, And she doesnt yell Sasuke-kun every 10 seconds anymore.

    3. She’s very useful, she has medical jutsu and she has a shitload of power when she needs it.

    4. She doesnt cry unless naruto is really hurt.

    And if you dont like Sakura, then who give’s a rat’s ass, keep it to yourself, for every person who hates Sakura, There’s 2 that like her.

  6. YanLan
    Posted August 21, 2007 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I love ya, drake… and I love Sakura too! I can’t bring myself to hate her at all. She is just a girl madly in love with Sasuke but now she is only left alone in Team 7 in Konoha. Throughout three years, she was alone in her Team 7 in Konoha while Naruto left with Jiraiya and Sasuke with Orochimaru.

    One can cry for all he or she wants as it is only water flowing down the cheeks from the eyes but he or she is doing something to help… try, try anything to help!

  7. Onymous
    Posted August 22, 2007 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    As much as I hate her in the manga I admit that I don’t actually dislike her character but the ROLE she plays. I really sense that Kishimoto wants to do something badass with her but can’t for the life of him figure out what it is. We’ve seen him hit the same roadblocks with all people who use genjutsu. It’s obvious he doesn’t know how he wants it to function so he can’t get horribly in-depth. That is why it is perfect for Itachi since he’s so overwhelmingly powerful that explanation is not needed. Similarly with medical jutsu between Tsunade and Kabuto I think he ran out of ideas to creatively employ their abilities in a combat scenario.

    As a result Sakura is relegated to the “support” position which, don’t get me wrong, is an important position. She is the psuedo-talented ninja who knows very little comparatively to all the people around her so her questions are justifications for extended explanations on just what is going on. When you really think about it this makes sense, she is just a normal ninja compared to all of the other named characters their age. The only one I could conceivably see her beating is Hinata and even that is iffy based on their combat styles.

    Thinking about it though you can judge just how strong people are based on what they can do. When you really consider it there are VERY few characters in the series who have actually invented jutsu. The list goes Sannin, Akatsuki, Kage, and Kakashi. Even Naruto and Sasuke have failed to invent jutsu so much as adapt ones. Which brings us to the second tier. Those who have creatively adapted jutsu to fit their fighting style. Naruto, Sasuke, Shikamaru, and Neji. After that the rest of the characters are just solid in their specializations and have strong family jutsu to fall back on. Sakura doesn’t even fit into this category.

    I’ll give it to her that she did, in fact, destroy the Kazekage puppet completely of her own talent but as to her participation in the rest of the Sasori fight (that being the one in which she played the greatest role over the course of the series) she was used more akin to a weapon than an actual member of the battle. Something Chiyo could swing around and destroy Sasori’s weaponry with, not unlike a big hammer. Past punching the puppet (a matter of deception over actual skill which Sakura has actually shown herself to be capable of in the past *Sound nin fight*) her role was completely supportive in healing, shielding, and otherwise being controlled to do everything else.

    Whatever her original role Sakura’s position has obviously been somewhat skewed by Kishimoto’s plot changes as the story evolved. Whether she was supposed to end up turning to Naruto or not is unclear but if so then Hinata has more than sufficiently filled this role and in a greatly more likable manner if you ask me. Instead however, she unreasonably loves Sasuke, who attempted to kill her in the past (and would have succeeded were it not for Yamamoto taking the hit). You can say that her reactions are realistic and you would be right but baring in mind that these people are shinobi this is simply insufficient. Selfish love, ineptitude, and weak-heartedness are all realistic and even appreciable traits but compared to her peers this just shows that Sakura is extremely deficient in terms of willpower. Again, something that could be well-used were she not always supposed to be following supergeniuses and badasses of Naruto’s ilk against terrifying and powerful enemies like the Akatsuki.

    In the end I can see Kishimoto keeping her around for a singular purpose. Since he can’t seem to develop her in any particular manner he may end up killing her off to cause conflict for Naruto and/or Sasuke and even as a new character motivation. Unfortunate given where she started. Her original concept was unique but Kishimoto sort of left her to decay while developing other things. I can’t really appreciate her advancement over the timeskip. Sure she’s more mature, everyone is. For a character who was getting damn near zanny toward the end as I can only imagine Kishimoto was trying to do to keep her at least entertaining in some manner, it kind of only hurts her.

    She still cries a lot and yes, I know you fans don’t think its at completely unnecessary points but think about it. Hell, look at the four page spread put up in the original post. It’s been THREE YEARS. Think about that kind of time in your life. That is sufficient time to let most relationships dissolve into nonexistence. The characters bonds are indeed stronger than simple friendship but you’d think she would have at least resolved to stop crying and work toward getting Sasuke back like Naruto.

    Oh, and to this

    “Don’t mess with us Sakura fans, you see you get your ass whooped.
    We’re just as strong as Sakura, mind you.”

    All I can say is I’m not sure which of the three ways I thought of interpreting this is the most entertaining.

    1. Do you think that just because you’re a fan of someone that makes you as great as them?
    2. What does that say about Sakura as a ninja if an otaku can become as mighty as her, even socially or mentally?
    3. Am I to understand that you can punch holes in concrete or that you also chase after murderers with romantic notions filling your head and weep when they reject you?

  8. me
    Posted August 22, 2007 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    sakura is awsome she is strong beleive me oh and her love of sasuke pays off in the end they get married at the end of the series of shippuden

  9. Posted August 28, 2007 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    well i heat sakura i think she is weak and she will not love sasuke she will love naruto so …… good like on the best show ever ^_^

  10. Posted August 28, 2007 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Sakura Haruno is good at fighting and her love on sasuke is really good sasuke really shoud give love to sakura as well for support.

  11. Setsuna
    Posted September 9, 2007 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Fallenangel: Wtf? She isn’t dumb at all. She topped at #1 academically in her ninja batch. She’s anything but dumb. The realworld doesn’t beat the crap out of her at all. She isn’t useless. She saved Kankurou’s life and I’m pretty sure, will save many more.
    -

    Sakura has matured and has definately improved. It wasn’t Chiyo that did everything if you’ve noticed. She commented on Sakura can dodge Sasori’s attack and how she can read movements easily. So what if Chiyo did control her movements? Sakura was the one who had the strength and whatnot. And plus, it was only for half the time. She really has improved. Sure, she was irritating in post-time skip but she isn’t anymore. She doesn’t fangirl, in case you haven’t noticed, she actually tried to hurt Sasuke. As everyone know, she had perfect chakra control, something that is rarely found in ninja.

    You don’t think that Sakura’s healing skills are good? So what if she healed a sub-character. Does it matter if she heals a sub or main character? It really doesn’t. She healed Kankurou when no one else could! God you people aggravate me. Yes you Lupus! She tops Sunagakure’s top medic. Thats incredible for for her age! God, people really do underestimate her. I don’t know how people find her weak?

    I’ll admit, she isn’t my favourite kunoichi, Tenten is but I’m pretty sure that Sakura can beat all the kunoichi at her age and some males of Konoha 12. Do you think you’re better than her? She took the hit for Chiyo. That takes a lot of courage to do. She is admirable. The fact that you hate Sakura’s personality means that you would also hate Tsunade’s personality. Sakura’s and Tsunade’s personality are very similar. Thats something that many people said alright. But you probably don’t hate Tsunade I’m pretty much guessing.

  12. a person
    Posted December 31, 2007 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    Sakura is actually my favorite character so w/e. I think she was annoying in the beginning of Naruto but later on she wasn’t so bad and she became my favorite character.

  13. bruce lee
    Posted May 7, 2008 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Naruto is the best..:P

  14. Lenne
    Posted January 21, 2009 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I will never ever understand how possible anyone can hate a fictional character. -.-’ Really people… go and get a life, hobbies or whatever… jeezes…

  15. naadira
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    r u out of ur mind sakura haz been so much help ya she still cries but so whtshe lost someone she cares about alot and if it werent 4 sakura granny chiyo would hav been dead be4 she could save gaara !!!!!!!!

  16. SUCKURA
    Posted March 1, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    fuck yeah, thank u so much
    yeah she great by herself [BY HER SELF

    but compared to everyone else shes that worse charater ever its despressing FOR me to watch ..
    THAT WHY I DONT WATCH NARUTO ANY MORE

  17. annabel
    Posted August 23, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    ya sakura is a horrible character!!

    look at this, I think you’ll like it:

    http://xetherealxwinterx.deviantart.com/art/Sakura-a-HORRIBLE-Character-133162503

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